Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.
To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.
This training addresses supervisory skills such as communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development. At this time, we are in the process of converting the modules used in 2013-14 to an online format and adding information related to business procedures and human resource requirements. Face to face sessions addressing these topics and others will be scheduled for supervisors during the 2015-16 year. All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to complete this training. Until then, you may review the PowerPoints used during 2013-14 by going to the PD Resources page.
The power of persuasion is often thought of as a super power. Think about how much easier your job would be if you were able to convince your team members to support your decisions and follow your lead. This webinar will help you gain the knowledge and techniques to ensure employee buy-in, even from your toughest critic! With the full support of your staff behind you, you’ll increase productivity and your reputation as an effective leader will soar.
Workplace conflicts are facts of life. Those who excel at working through disagreements and handling confrontations build stronger workplace relationships and get more done. That means few skills are as critical to your success as the ability to effectively work through conflict.
This webinar teaches you essential conflict-resolution skills. Whether you’re in a disagreement with the boss or having trouble working with a coworker, or if you find yourself stuck in the middle of someone else’s conflict ... this training offers proven techniques guaranteed to help you.
Disability is quickly becoming "the new diversity." As awareness emerges about disability issues, there is an increasing demand for respectful and effective reporting about disability in the media. Designed for media and communications professionals who report across a range of media types, this webinar will provide tips that can be used right away, but will also include deeper discussion of disability portrayals.
Part I (30 minutes) is for those who want quick overview and focuses on five key points to keep in mind when reporting on disability. For those who want a deeper insight, Part II (60 minutes) is a panel of journalists discussing their ideas and experiences around disability reporting.
Please note: The webinar is designed so that attendees can choose to attend the whole webinar or to only attend Part I (the 30 minute quick overview).
Go here to learn more or register.
Attend this webinar to learn powerful phone techniques that will make your day easier. Develop a positive phone presence that’ll produce amazing results for you. Find out how to connect more quickly and easily with the person on the phone … handle objections and difficult people with greater success … and get the results you’re looking for.
A few things that will be covered include:
Innovation is what keeps great companies moving forward. Sure, you need employees who stay focused, keep their heads down and work hard using your well-established systems. But are ideas free flowing? Does your team challenge the norm and invent better ways to do things? Are they comfortable suggesting changes or new products and services? Do you have incentives to reward them for keeping their eyes open to opportunities?
Learn how to create an environment where tired procedures get fixed ... where BIG ideas aren’t just welcomed — they’re celebrated.
In a workplace filled with extroverts, it can be easy to overlook introverts, even those in leadership positions. So as an introvert, it’s your duty to speak up, make yourself known, and get your point of view taken into account, but that’s not always a comfortable thing to do.
Introverts are great leaders! Learn the best way to make your voice heard.
Your role as a supervisor is to get results through others. That means you must know how to help each and every one of your employees take their performance to the next level. And that requires great performance feedback skills. Learn how to open the lines of communication between yourself and your employees for fewer misunderstandings. Discover how to deliver helpful feedback without serious interruption to your day or your employees’. Most importantly, help your employees know exactly what your expectations are ... where they’re coming up short ... when they’re excelling ... and how to solve problems before they wander seriously off track.
This incredible webinar gives you the practical how-to’s and proven strategies you need to fully command every interview you conduct from now on. You’ll discover how to read between the lines to accurately assess the candidate’s experience, work ethic, abilities, and commitment level. You’ll learn how to ask probing questions that will reveal potential weaknesses. In short, you’ll master the no-nonsense how-to’s of interviewing that will send your hiring confidence skyrocketing!
On March 25, 2011, your organization’s responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed. The new regulations dramatically broadened the definition of what is covered under “disability” — and increased the emphasis on employer accommodation. That makes it even more important that you fully understand what’s required of your organization under the law!
Are you absolutely positive you know what qualifies as a reasonable accommodation under the most recent regulations? You need to be absolutely sure you’re fully versed in what’s going on right now with the Americans with Disabilities Act — and how you can make sure everyone in your organization is treated fairly and your organization is protected!
Fielding complaints can be the hardest part of working with customers. It’s frustrating, stressful, and difficult. You never know when a complaint will happen, how angry the customer will be, how large the problem will be, or if you can even come up with a solution. Effectively handling and resolving customer complaints is vital to your organization’s success. You’ll get proven steps and techniques for handling customer complaints quickly and effectively — and build unbreakable customer loyalty in the process! What’s more, you’ll have the skills you need to think quickly and confidently on your feet. You’ll be amazed at how much happier you AND your customers will be.
The Kentucky Convergence Conference, a premier event for higher education professionals across the state of Kentucky, will be hosted by Western Kentucky University at its Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green. This event brings together professionals in information technology, academic libraries, online learning, and instructional design from all the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky. Sponsored by Kentucky post-secondary institutions and private sector partners, Kentucky Convergence is a conference that emphasizes innovations and best practices in the fastest-growing areas of higher education. The theme for this year’s conference is “High Performance in Higher Education.
Early-bird registration for the conference is now open at a special price of $125 through August 31.
Go here to register or learn more.
As a front desk professional, your organization counts on you to handle any situation that walks through the front door, and in this day and age, there’s no telling how serious a security threat you may find yourself up against. Learn how to protect your organization and yourself.
You’ll walk away from this webinar with the knowledge and skills to protect your organization’s front line and yourself. You’ll master proven strategies for spotting and correcting weaknesses in front desk procedures, for dealing with emotionally unstable visitors, and for handling fires, bomb threats, and medical emergencies. Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re well prepared to handle any situation that walks through the front door.
If you’ve never been the boss before, this may be the first time your success will be tied to the results of other people. Those other people may be friends, peers, even skeptics. It’s important that you start out on the right foot — that you send the message that you know what you’re doing.
Management takes a unique set of skills. Take the time to understand the subtle elements of your new leadership role. Some things this webinar will cover includes:
Difficult and challenging conversations are sometimes a necessity when it comes to getting things done, but when you’re dealing with sensitive subjects, it can be tricky footing. You don’t want to come across as attacking or over-aggressive, but at the same time you can’t afford to be a pushover… and above all, you simply cannot lose your cool.
Losing control of your emotions never makes the situation better — learn to master yours.
When situations are tense, giving in to your emotions will only make a bad situation worse. This training will ensure you remain unruffled and professional, as you learn how to:
You want your staff to be the best, that’s a given, but without guidance on your part, that’s not always an easy thing to do. To keep things moving forward in your organization, you need to make sure your employees are always learning, growing, and improving. The best way to do this is with an employee development plan, but what exactly is that? Learn how to lay out a road map for growth and improvement and develop a team of superstars. This training will give you everything you need to create and implement plans for employee growth, turning ordinary employees into high achievers in no time!
The number one cause of confusion at work (and most times conflict) comes from people not hearing each other. With so many distractions … high levels of stress … packed schedules, it’s hard to focus on what people around you are saying, but when one missed phrase can cause you to lose time or damage a relationship, you can’t afford to have so-so listening skills. In fact, active listening is one of the easiest ways to improve your communication skills and personal success. That’s what this training is all about. Learn seven tips of effective listening, strategies for making sure people hear you, and listening rules you should break (and much more!).
The @ONE Project makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn about technology that will enhance student learning and success. @ONE’s programs provide training and online resources for free - or at a very low cost - thanks to funding from the California Community College Chancellor's Office Telecommunication and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP).
Each year, @ONE offers over 100 trainings, drawing more than 8,500 registrations. Workshops are taught by knowledgeable instructors who tailor their content to the specifics of the community college setting. The programs are also structured to fit a busy faculty or staff member’s schedule. Training formats include desktop webinars, instructor-led online courses, and self-paced training.
To learn more about available trainings, go here.
QuickClasses, offered by Pepnet2, cover a range of topics that assist the capacity building efforts of institutions, agencies, and individuals who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants successfully completing QuickClasses receive "Verification of Training Completion" with information needed to receive CEUs. Five terms of QuickClasses are offered each year.
Go here to see upcoming QuickClasses and register.
The Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They consist of ten regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center located throughout the United States (U.S.). They are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."
To view these resources or register, go here.
Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world.
Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.
So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.
CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.
To register for these sessions, go here.
Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.
Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.
To explore and register for a course, go here.
EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.
Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website.
Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.
FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.
FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, go here.
Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.
To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here.
A variety of Leadership Courses are now available online through Blackboard. Courses include the following topics and may be accessed anytime from your own computer.
Review course descriptions and objectives.
View step-by-step instructions to enroll in a leadership online course.
Stay tuned for more online course opportunities.
For more information, contact OPDI@kctcs.edu.
With more and more changes/features/functionality coming to Office 365, the employee intranet, PeopleSoft, etc. the need has never been greater for an online central training repository. System Office TS staff has assembled information in a central location, the Training and Learning Center. This online training is free and easily accessible.
Check it out and share with other KCTCS members.
The Lexington Public Library offers many free resources to its card holders. Among those free resources is their online learning collection. This collection provides free access to resources such as the following while also providing links to a variety of other resources:
To learn more, go here.
National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.
Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.
Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.
For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.
The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.
To access this online tool, go here.
WADA ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show to learn about the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sponsored by the Southeast ADA Center, mark your calendar to join this informative 30-minute discussion on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00 -1:30 p.m. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.
You may submit questions and connect to each show through www.adalive.org.